Every year the MoMA store unveils a lineup of holiday cards that makes us reconsider making our own. That and Fluffy always refuses to pose in her Santa suit. When the Modern Art Museum first launched their holiday lineup over 50 years ago, the cards featured original work by artists such as Henri Matisse and Andy Warhol who had pieces in the museum. This pracitice is no longer in season, but the cards are memorable nonetheless. This year the MoMA offers 56 different paper masterpieces printed on high-quality stock that range from the spiritual to the whimsical. So whether doves and driedels are your thing or you’re more moved by an ornery reindeer yanking off a snowman’s holiday scarf you’ll be able to find something that will put a smile on whoever receives one from you. Stay classy, holiday senders.
The mushrooms in Super Mario worked great for getting bigger and scoring extra lives, but we’re well past our 8-bit years and by now, those fungi are a little stale. So Jonathan Ball, a Welsh illustrator and graphic designer who still waxes nostalgic for those good ol’ days of gaming, designed a 3-D illustrated print featuring a new line of nine power-up mushrooms using Blender and Photoshop. The different species of mycelium deliver a wide range of effects, from the powerful (instant death, poison) to the not so intense (confusion and anger, and of course, growth.)
Need something to do tomorrow? If you live in or around Los Angeles, cruise over (there’s no walking in L.A.) to Echo Park for the opening of the new bookstore/Middle Eastern cafe Stories. Not only can you pick up some new or inexpensive used books, stocking stuffers, and a cup of Joe, but you can also marvel at the 1800 sq ft space co-owned by former Spaceland/Book Soup staffer Liz Garo and developed by Thomas Robertson’s Ripple Design. The project opened just six months after Garo and her co-owner, Claudia Colodro, came together with Robertson and his firm to discuss the project. The result is a clean, open space with an outdoor patio, exposed brick, and sparking concrete floors that doesn’t feel cluttered even though there’s plenty going on. Like reading! So if you haven’t given up on the print industry, drop by for munchies and silk screened Stories bags made on site by Hit & Run.
Yoga’s great for the soul and all, but when it comes to yoga mat design, it seems like all the soul is sucked out. At least we think that’s what Terra Breese, the creative who launched Devi Mats in 2006, thought. To solve the monotone problem, her line of yoga mats — each 1/4″ thick and printed so that they retain their grip — have organic designs like plants, the Aurora Borealis, and fire. Because nothing is more relaxing than envisioning yourself about to be engulfed by an erupting volcano.
Never one to take a rest on cutting edge art, Beautiful Decay‘s online store now features a new line of tees in a spectrum of vibrant colors. They’re certainly not for the wallflowers. The collaboration with apparel designers and graphic visionaries, the Imaginary Foundation are sure to spice up your closet more than buying another solid-color shirt from American Apparel will.
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In less than a week you’re going to have to vote for a Presidential candidate. Unless of course you’re under 18 or not an American citizen, in which case you’re off the hook. Otherwise we expect you to be at the polls that day. In the meantime, take a listen to some of the soapbox-like rants and ravings of your fellow citizens on both candidates at Social42 and, if you’re so inclined, submit your own. They’re not all brilliant, and at least you can sort by tag. We all need a break from Rachel Maddow and Wolf Blitzer sometime.
If you’re a gamer you’re probably looking forward to the next installment of Motorstorm, Pacific Rift. If you’re a stuntman for their Dutch ad campaign “Air Raid,” all you’re looking to do is land safely on the ground. To create the ads, skydivers jumped from airplanes and dirt bikes and cars were digitally created in the post-production stage by the firm EightVX. Because, skydiving out of a plane is insane, but skydiving out of a plane inside a car is just stupid.
You may have heard … Iceland isn’t doing so hot these days. They’ve still got their gorgeous ice caverns, geothermal baths, and vodka bars, but their economy apparently needs billions to stay afloat. Help it out by picking up one of innovator Sruli Recht’s latest designs – the Bound Skarf. At over nine feet long and made out of ivory cotton and black wool, this lengthy accessory is sure to keep you warm even if you aren’t using the oven to heat your home … yet.
“Now it’s time to get zombiefied!” Thanks alien sex fiend, we couldn’t agree more. So, in time for Halloween, we present these undead creatures that you can enjoy within minutes from reading this post! Print out the PDF of the Dude, the Bopper, the Grumm, or one of the three other meanies each designed by a different artist and get building. We plan to customize ours, and we invite you to do the same. Send us pics of your work!